Real Madrid vs Barcelona Santiago Bernabeu
Its the game that every football fan searches for in the calendar. Its the Jose Mouriniho of football games, its simply just the “Special One”.
We all have our loyalties with one of these two world beaters which makes the game even more special. Whether your a fan of Los Blancos or Barca, Ronaldo or Messi, these games are always a spectacle that you will not want to miss.
Real Madrid currently lead the head to head record winning 92 games but Barca are catching them with 89 victories, but who will prove victorious on Saturday?
Last Two Meetings
Barcelona took a very early lead in the game through the Brazilian wonder kid Neymar only to be pegged back before half time as a certain Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home from the penalty spot.
After half time Real took control of the tie as the colorful character of Pepe got his name on the score sheet and 11 minutes later Benzema wrapped it up for Los Blancos.
It was a different story as the two teams faced up at the Nou Camp though. This time it was Barca who took the spoils with a 2-1 win.
It was an unlikely scorer as Jeremy Mathieu opened the scoring for the home side after 19 minutes. Before just like in the first game Ronaldo got the equalizer before half time with a great goal in the 31st minute.
They went in 1-1 at half time for the second time of the season but this time it was Barca who managed to get the all important goal after half time. It was a man who is never out of the headlines who got the goal…. Luis Suarez.
It’s the big one! We could see the return of the little magician Lionel Messi on Saturday night after he has returned to training with Barcelona this week.
Messi has been out of the Barcelona side with a knee injury since September but the El Classico all time top goalscorer is expected to travel with the squad.
Rafa Benitez has for the first time this season got a full strength Real side to choose from.
Keylor Navas is back from a muscle injury that saw him miss Real Madrid’s defeat to Sevilla.
And Real’s front three is back as strong as ever as we are likely to see the return of Karim Benzema to play along side Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This game in recent years especially has become more than just Messi vs Ronaldo. With the amount of talent that both teams boast its going to be a game that is certain not to disappoint.
The last two games have seen a 2-1 and a 3-1 home victory and this shows you how important having the home advantage in an El Clasico match is. The 12th man of the crowd plays a huge part in matches like these. They can be the difference between winning and losing.
I think there will be goals. And lots of them. Neither side is that well known for their brilliant defending and that’s because quite frankly they cant really defend. But who needs to defend when you can attack hey.
It will come as no surprise that the two sides are the highest scoring in the league with Real (26) and Barca (25).
Many thought that the loss of Lionel Messi would
hinder Barcelona’s goal scoring but this hasn’t been the case thanks to Luis Suarez and especially Neymar.
Suarez and Neymar have accounted for 20 of Barcelona’s goals with Neymar now leading the La Liga goal scoring chart with 11, two more than Suarez.
Whereas the man who is always in the goals at Real, Cristiano Ronaldo, hasn’t found the back of the net in his last 2 games.
Unfortunately for Barca he does like the El Classico having scored in the last 3. So I expect Ronaldo to be back in the goals come Saturday.
Its going to be a close game with both teams throwing everything at each other. I think the home advantage plays a huge part in these games though and this is why I think Real will just snatch it.
FINAL SCORE: Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona
No matter what the result is it never fails to entertain. It guarantees goals, tough tackles, red cards, controversy but most importantly some of the best football talent you will see on the planet.
If you have never seen an El Classico I think its about time that changed.
Watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona at 5:15pm Saturday on Sky Sports 2